Are Long-time Olympus users like Leica Zealots?

Started Jan 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
Bob Tullis
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Re: Are Long-time Olympus users like Leica Zealots?

jim stirling wrote:

Thomas Kachadurian wrote:

Years ago I used Leica cameras for making photos and while I did I learned that about half of the people buying Leicas were more like followers of a religion than photographers. I don't personally understand it, but in many ways I can see where the craftsmanship of Leica cameras, particularly the older ones, does make them objects beyond their function.

But I'm starting to get the impression that there might be just the same level of zealotry for Olympus cameras with a certain segment. I've owned various Olympus cameras over the years (RC, Stylus Epic, E-10, and now EM5) but they've never struck me as things to love for their form or that inspire allegiance. But there are few few threads here now, and I've noticed them in the past where the posters are clearly not asking about M43 cameras or lenses, but about Olympus only.

Things like "which Zuiko lens to buy" As if there are no Panasonic lenses that are native to Olympus M43. Where which option to get is limited not by what is needed, but by what specifically Olympus offers. Or other comments to questions about the EM5 menu where the writer responds that Olympus menus have always worked this way as if the only people who might buy Olympus cameras were part of a club.

Is this just that some people don't realize the universal compatibility of M43 stuff? Is it a new thing fostered by the lovely retro look of the early Pens and now EM-5? Or, has there been this subculture of Olympuphiles for a long time and I've just swerved into their world by virtue of using M43?

Tom

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Call me crazy. I happen to like photos of cats.

I actually find “some” of the Olympus and E-M5 in particular zealots so irksome that I have changed my mind about the vote to split the forum.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/41961323

Pity the Olympus fans that were so keen to canvass for votes for the E-M5 were not in action for the split forum vote. This has nothing to do with Olympus gear per se I just bought the Olympus 60mm macro and have no problems with many of the excellent Olympus equipment. My issue is with the group of Olympus zealots who I really wish had a forum of their own

Violins.

P.S I quite like pictures of cats also and just to annoy those who don't here you go



Jim

You're going to have to do a much worse job than that if you want it to be effectively annoying.   That's one intimidating tabby!  

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